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KZN news bites: Former Zuma moneyman forms own party

Sihle Mavuso presents the latest news from KwaZulu-Natal.

Durban – Roy Moodley, a former financial backer of ex-president Jacob Zuma, has formed his own party and will contest the elections away from Zuma, who now leads the Umkhonto Wesizwe (MK) party. Moodley, a horse racing tycoon who also has interests in the security and technology industries, used to bankroll Zuma, the ANC and Sanco in the province. He has since formed a political party called the African Movement Congress, which focused its campaign around KwaZulu-Natal.

Pongola – The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport road camp in Belgrade near Pongola has been plunged into darkness after Eskom cut its power supply. According to staff working there, they have been living in the dark and using cold water to bathe for days after the cut. The Eskom staff who came to cut the supply allegedly told them that the department owed the power entity a large sum of money for unpaid power bills to the camp. The camp services rural roads in the northern part of the province.

Pietermaritzburg – The DA in the Msunduzi local municipality has slammed the ANC for using state resources to campaign. The liberal party claims that the governing party has hijacked the noble and council-approved initiative to wipe off debts for some needy ratepayers to campaign for the upcoming elections. The DA also claims that the ANC circulates the notice using party colours, duping ratepayers into believing that this is the ANC doing them a favour rather than the council providing relief.

Ulundi – The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal says it will approach the Independent Electoral Commission to complain about the ANC in the province for allegedly employing disinformation and misinformation tactics to tarnish its name as the campaign for the 29 May elections heats up. The IFP claims that the ANC deliberately distorted the unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure in the Zululand district municipality as an indicator of corruption in a futile attempt to brand it and its partner in governance, the DA, as corrupt.

Folweni – The woes of the Folweni area in the south of Durban are worsening. After almost two weeks, its power supply regularly goes off between 6pm and 7am without explanation. Residents say this happened, although the country is not experiencing any load shedding, which frustrates them. The electricity woes come as the area has been battling a water crisis for almost a year without any solution.

Pictured above: One of the billboards for Roy Moodley’s new party in the north of Durban.

Image source: Sihle Mavuso